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Danielle, Bilingual Health Educator
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Diva, Don't be too hard on yourself. This takes time and practice. It will get easier, just keep at it. You're doing great and we are cheering you on! Danielle ____________________ The PC Support Team
Diva
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12 years ago 0 Diva 2101 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo
Hi! I did my exam today but now i am having trouble transitionning to having a calm afternoon and evening again. I came home and made the beds. Then i did the dishes. Then to tone it down i did laundry and wrote my e-mails. Now i am eating and posting here. Then i think i might try coloring or reading. I am really trying to do a tep by step transition but it is still very tough for me to just mellow out. I feel very stressed out about not relaxing lol. Anyway, i will keep trying to do positive self-talk and do the slow transition thing but if anybody has any tips or advice i wouldnt mind them lol -Diva
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12 years ago 0 Diva 2101 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo
Thanks Maggie and Danielle for your encouragements and your tips. It helps a lot. I really appreciate this :) -Diva
Danielle, Bilingual Health Educator
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Diva, As you can see you are not alone. Why not try to transition slowly, challenging your anxious thoughts and using positive self-talk along the way? Ex: Do a chore (making dinner), a quiet activity (reading), sedentary activity (watching t.v.). Getting into a routine after you come home may also help. Hope this helps. Danielle _____________________ The PC Support Team
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12 years ago 0 Maggie 112 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo
[color=Purple]Diva, I understand what you are saying, again. I get this way about simple tasks sometimes as well. Today, I even had the hardest time even getting out of the bath in fear of everything crashing in on me the moment I step out and have to find something else to do. As I like to quote, "Action is the enemy of thought." I think it's natural for us to experience anticipatory anxiety about changing from one tasks to another (or transitioning, as you called it). I get anxiety even from actual day/night transitions as well sometimes, or when I need to change my routine, etc... I think we as panic sufferers are just very sensitive to any types of change. So, just know that you are not alone, and that I understand what you are trying to say here. I think the trick is to try and enjoy whatever we are doing as much as we can, for as long as we can, and when your interest in it runs out- move onto something else (and with a positive attitude). All we can do is challenge those exact thoughts that make us feel confined to one thing, or afraid to move onto another. Just remember that you are in control of your thoughts, and not the other way around. Don't allow this fear to disrupt your life in this way... Hope this helped.[/color] :confuse:
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12 years ago 0 Diva 2101 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo
Ok i don't know if anybody else has this. I put is as transition anxiety cause it kinda is . But i guess it kinda is not. I am not to sure what to call this lol. When i have a hard day it is like i gear up. I get ready emotionally and mentally to face the challeneges ahead. A bit like a knight who puts on his armor and becomes very vigilant and ready to fight the dragon if he shows himself. (Sorry for the knights of the round tables metaphor but it is the best i have lol). Anyway, so i buck myself up with courage and get ready to face my day. And i do face my day. But then when i get home, it is like i have trouble doing the transition between ready for a hard day and just plain calm enjoying myself at thome. It is like i am a revved up car but i don't know how to rev down!!! And that my firends makes me terribly anxious. So even after a success i am always afraid that in the winding down process something will go wrong! Like i will have a bakclash panic attack, or more like and after effect panic attack as i am trying to transition from my day to my relaxation time. I don't know if this makes any sense or if anybody else has this! But after a big day like today, it makes it really hard for me to just wind down and relax. And the fact i have trouble winding down makes me anxious which makes it hard to wind down... you see where the problem is. So i am here writting to you, hoping i am not too crazy lol and that somebody might have a tip for me. Anyway, any type of answer would be appreciated! -Diva
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Diva, Perhaps it is not so much you are afraid of transitions but afraid of doing nothing. Keep working through the program and use this fear as an opportunity to practice relaxation techniques. For instance, deep breathing may help as your focus is still occupied. Danielle _____________________ The PC Support Team
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12 years ago 0 Diva 2101 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo
Hi guys diva again,it seems i have many things to understand or share lately. Thank you for your patience with me :) I have this ehrrr i guess i could say symptom... that has been bothering me lately. It is like a fear of transitions. I have found lately that when i keep my mind interested in something, when i distract myself, like with reading a nice novel or some short stories or somthing, i don't tend to ruminate or have stray negative thoughts so much. I mean if my brain is occupied i don't have as much time to think wayword thoughts. So i do stuff that i find interesting and that keeps my brain occupied and then i get tired of it and i want to do something else. But i am terrified of stopping what i am doing. As if the minute i change what i am doing i will be anxious or panic. I figure what i am doing works what if the next thing doesn't ? and then i don't know what to do! Cause if i keep doing what i am doing i feel stuck doing something i am no longer interested in and that makes me anxious. But switching to something new makes me anxious! And doing nothing makes me real anxious! I am not so good at the meditative stitting quietly with yourself thing i am afraid. So i guess you could say i have a slight case of transition anxiety and i have no idea what to do about it... I am not even sure if anybody else has ever felt that way ... I have suffered from Pas and anxiety for a long time but this is the first time i have had this "symptom". Anyway, if there is anything you can share with me or advice you can give me please do. I feel abit at a loss. Thanks so much -Diva

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